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by Katharina Mückstein


In Austria the final school exam is known as the ‘Matura’. Unlike the German word ‘Abitur’ (from the Latin ‘abire’ meaning ‘to walk away’), the Austrian term also includes the notion of coming of age. Mati wants to become a veterinary doctor, like her mother, and therefore leave the confines of her small-town universe for Vienna. But is she ready for this future? Standing in her ‘Matura’ dress with her long hair scraped back into a tight bun and her neck hair shaved bare, she’d be the first to admit she looks like a clown. Mati loves to spend time with the boys bombing around the quarry on her motocross bike. When one of the girls from her school resists when one of Mati’s mates begins sexually harassing her at a disco, Mati spits in her face. But, just like her parent’s marriage, Mati’s motocross gang also ruptures once notions of friendship, love and sexuality become more pressing.

original title: L'Animale
country: Austria
sales agent: Films Boutique
year: 2018
genre: fiction
directed by: Katharina Mückstein
film run: 100'
screenplay: Katharina Mückstein
cast: Sophie Stockinger, Kathrin Resetarits, Dominik Warta, Julia Franz Richter, Jack Hofer, Dominic Marcus Singer, Simon Morzé, Stefan Pohl, Gisela Salcher, Eva Herzig
cinematography by: Michael Schindegger
film editing: Natalie Schwager
art director: Katharina Haring
costumes designer: Monika Buttinger
producer: Nikolaus Geyrhalter, Markus Glaser, Michael Kitzberger, Flavio Marchetti, Katharina Mückstein, Michael Schindegger, Natalie Schwager, Wolfgang Widerhofer
executive producer: Flavio Marchetti
production: Nikolaus Geyrhalter Filmproduktion, La Banda Film
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